The economy can't recover until the economy recovers

July 29th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic
The economic recovery is sputtering, as Neil Irwin documents. Economists think growth between April and June was 2 to 2.5 percent, which is anemic at best. Job growth has been disappointing. Lately, I've been asking economists about this, and everyone… more »

Obama Administration In Danger Of Establishing 'New Normal' With Worst Bush-Era Policies, Says ACLU

July 29th, 2010
Categories: News, Politics
The Obama administration has repudiated some of the Bush administration's most egregious national security policies but is in danger of institutionalizing others permanently into law, thereby creating a troubling "new normal," according to a new report… more »

The terrible truth about the "good war"

July 29th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan, Politics, Police State
Why the classified Pentagon documents on Afghanistan released by WikiLeaks present a damning portrait of who is suffering from the U.S. war. THE RELEASE of more than 92,000 classified documents relating to the war in Afghanistan by the muckraking Web… more »

The “new normal”: More than one in five Americans at risk of destitution

July 29th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic
More than one in five Americans in 2009 suffered a household income loss of 25 percent or more over the previous year, according to a new report sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation and entitled “Economic Security at Risk.” The report documents a… more »

Gulf oil spill: 100 days of disaster

July 29th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment
The first 100 days of the BP Gulf oil catastrophe have provided an object lesson in the destructiveness and irrationality of capitalism. more »

The Afghanistan documents and the struggle against war

July 29th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan
The public release of the 92,000 secret documents on the Afghanistan war by WikiLeaks, together with the reaction of the media and the official establishment, has immense political implications for the antiwar struggle in the US and internationally. more »

Patrick Cockburn on Missing Billions in Iraq and Soaring Cancer & Infant Mortality Rates in Fallujah

July 29th, 2010
Categories: News, Politics, Iraq
In Iraq, an official audit by the US Special Investigator for Iraq Reconstruction found that the Pentagon cannot account for almost $9 billion taken from Iraqi oil revenues between 2004 and 2007 for use in reconstruction. Meanwhile, a new medical study… more »

The End of (Military) History? The US, Israel, and the Failure of the Western Way of War

July 29th, 2010
Categories: News, War, Politics
"In watching the flow of events over the past decade or so, it is hard to avoid the feeling that something very fundamental has happened in world history." This sentiment, introducing the essay that made Francis Fukuyama a household name, commands… more »

Arizona immigration law blocked by judge in temporary victory for Obama

July 29th, 2010
Categories: News, Politics
A federal judge yesterday slapped down key elements of a controversial anti- immigration law in Arizona, handing a temporary victory to the Obama administration against a rising tide of anti-immigration feeling in the US. Judge Susan Bolton granted a… more »

4 Bogus Attacks Bankers and Their Political Puppets Are Using to Attack Elizabeth Warren

July 29th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic, Politics
Nominating a dedicated reformer like Warren will send a clear signal to the entire world that the U.S. government is serious about regulating the banks that drove the global economy off a cliff. Nominating anybody else will send a clear signal that… more »

Foreclosures up in 75 percent of top U.S. metro areas

July 29th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic
Foreclosures rose in 3 of every four large U.S. metro areas in this year's first half, likely ruling out sustained home price gains until 2013, real estate data company RealtyTrac said on Thursday. more »

Economists see tepid recovery deep into 2011

July 29th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic
The U.S. economic recovery will remain slow deep into next year, held back by shoppers reluctant to spend and employers hesitant to hire, according to an Associated Press survey of leading economists. more »

White House proposal would ease FBI access to records of Internet activity

July 29th, 2010
Categories: News, Police State
The Obama administration is seeking to make it easier for the FBI to compel companies to turn over records of an individual's Internet activity without a court order if agents deem the information relevant to a terrorism or intelligence investigation. more »

Pharmaceutical drug contamination of waterways threatens life on our planet

July 29th, 2010
Categories: News, Environment
The President's Cancer Panel (PCP) recently released its yearly report to the President outlining the status of cancer in America. This year's report focuses primarily on environmental factors that contribute to cancer risk. According to the report,… more »

Details of 100 million Facebook users published online

July 29th, 2010
Categories: News
Users' personal information cannot now be made private, security consultant says. The personal details of 100 million Facebook users have been collected and published online in a downloadable file, meaning they will now be unable to make their publicly… more »

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